Apprenticeship careers to match your learning style

The world wouldn’t be as interesting if we were all the same. With this concept of individuality comes an exciting and eclectic mix of personalities, interests and learning styles.

When it comes to education, career choices and apprenticeship options, learning styles are as unique as the individual. Your preferred learning style could significantly influence the industry you may decide to focus your apprenticeship on.

Without considering your learning style, you risk finding yourself in a workplace not fully suited to you, which could present day-to-day challenges and hinder your progression and career prospects.

Here, we explore preferred learning styles and the profession and industry sectors most suited to these. Not only could this impact your choice of apprenticeship programme but, if considered well, could also see you embark on a career pathway where you are set to excel.

What is a preferred learning style?

Your preferred learning style reflects the most effective way that you take in and process new information.

Preferred learning styles generally fall into three categories:

  • Auditory learner
  • Visual learner
  • Kinaesthetic learner

Preferred learning styles overview

Auditory learners

  • It is estimated that 30% of the population are auditory learners.
  • Auditory learners are individuals that learn most effectively when talking to a colleague or tutor or by being played a recording of key information.
  • An auditory learner is more likely to have trouble with reading and writing tasks but favour face to face interaction. Auditory learners need to repeat information they learn in order to fully process it.

Excel and enjoy:

  • Listening to information
  • Face-to-face interaction/conversation
  • Meetings
  • On-the-job learning
  • Receiving information out loud
  • Prefer discussions to essay writing or projects
  • Strong communication and social skills

Well matched apprenticeships:

  • Sales
  • Customer service
  • Business administration
  • Frontline management
  • Mediation
  • Life coaching
  • Childcare

Visual learners

  • It is estimated that 65% of the population are visual learners.
  • Visual learners, as the name suggests, learn most effectively when looking at visually stimulating items, such as presentations, charts, videos and other visual aids.
  • This type of learner is likely to be referred to as “self-directed” as they tend to prefer to source knowledge through reading as opposed to direct instruction.

Excel and enjoy:

  • Uses photographic memory, spatial awareness, colour to learn
  • Paying attention to things they can watch
  • Visualising people and places
  • Use videos successfully as a medium to learn
  • Using their imagination, which is generally active
  • Easily remembering what is written down
  • Excel at puzzle-solving

Well matched apprenticeships:

  • Automotive
  • Boatbuilding/marine engineering
  • Hairdressing
  • Graphic designer
  • Engineering

Kinaesthetic learners

  • It is estimated that only 5% of the world’s population are kinaesthetic learners.
  • Kinaesthetic learners enjoy processing information from a physical experience, such as touching, feeling and benefitting from the physical experience.
  • These types of learners tend to prefer learning by ‘doing’ and would favour learning by experience as opposed to learning through theory.

Excel and enjoy:

  • Experimenting rather than planning
  • Learning as you go
  • Expressive and speaking with hands and features
  • Remembering actions over what was said
  • Movement as a method of focusing
  • Scanning a document first before reading in-depth
  • Take notes through doodling and drawing

Well matched apprenticeships:

  • Hospitality
  • Labourer
  • Automotive
  • Engineering

Preferred learning styles and choosing an apprenticeship

One of the many benefits of enrolling on an apprenticeship programme is the on-the-job experience they offer. When considering your career path, it is beneficial to consider whether your learning style correlates well with your chosen apprenticeship.

Find out more

We pride ourselves in providing high quality and flexible apprenticeships that will equip you with the appropriate learning needed to maximise your professional potential. If you have your sights set on embarking on an apprenticeship, find out more about the apprenticeship programmes we offer or call us on 0330 1000 610 to discuss your options.


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